Wolves target Patrick Cutrone can give them proven European pedigree

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This Thursday will see Wolves embark on their first European journey since 1981.

It’s been a long time coming for the black and gold but when they take on Crusaders, they will realise a dream that would have felt near impossible before Nuno Santo arrived.

The Portuguese, who has managed in the Champions League with Porto, comes with minuscule success in Europe, having taken them to the last 16 via a 5-0 win over Leicester in 2016/17.

They also have the likes of Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio among their ranks who experience at the top level in abundance.

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However, Wolves could be on the verge of landing another player with a proven track record in Europe, despite his tender age.

Last week, Express & Star reported that the Midlands outfit were in a great position to land Patrick Cutrone from AC Milan.

The Italian, reportedly, could be on his way out of Milan as they look to sign Angel Correa.

Cutrone enjoyed a fabulous 2017/18 term, netting 18 times in all competitions but dropped off last season.

He scored nine fewer goals but was in lethal form in the Europa League, scoring four times in just five matches, finding a far more efficient route to goal than he did domestically.

That record, therefore, could prove incredibly beneficial if he does indeed link up with Nuno’s side in the upcoming term.

The 21-year-old netted twice against Olympiacos whilst also scoring against Real Betis throughout the group phase as he proved a constant threat with 1.8 shots per game in the competition.

If you compare that to those at Wolves already, it would put him level with Diogo Jota but only behind Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez.

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His one key pass per match in the Europa League, meanwhile, was only bettered by Jimenez and Moutinho across Premier League action.

Of course, their numbers are across far more games but it gives a quick indication of both the type of player Cutrone is, and what he can offer to Wolves.

Adding players to their slim squad with European experience could prove key and by landing the Italian, they should have no fears over his ability to perform on the continental stage.

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